Published: Jul 19, 2010 7:02 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 19, 2010 4:01 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court will take up cases challenging three redistricting amendments slated for the Nov. 2 ballot.

The justices Monday halted trial court proceedings while they consider arguments to either dismiss a challenge to a pair of citizen initiatives or decide it themselves.

The initiatives, Amendments 5 and 6, are aimed at curtailing gerrymandering that benefits incumbents and political parties in
legislative and congressional redistricting.

An appeal court last week agreed to send the justices another case involving Amendment 7 that counteracts the initiatives.

The Legislature is appealing a judge's decision to remove it from the ballot saying it's being confusing and misleading.